by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 17, 2020) — Shortly after 7:00 p.m. EST, President Donald Trump tweeted that he dismissed Chris Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
CISA was created by Congress and signed into law by Trump in 2018 with the purpose of serving as “the Nation’s risk advisor, working with partners to defend against today’s threats and collaborating to build more secure and resilient infrastructure for the future.”
“The recent statement by Chris Krebs on the security of the 2020 Election was highly inaccurate, in that there were massive improprieties and fraud – including dead people voting, Poll Watchers not allowed into polling locations, ‘glitches’ in the voting machines which changed……votes from Trump to Biden, late voting, and many more,” Trump tweeted Tuesday evening. “Therefore, effective immediately, Chris Krebs has been terminated as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.”
Shortly thereafter, Trump added, “The only thing secure about our 2020 Election was that it was virtually impenetrable by foreign powers. On that, the Trump Administration takes great credit. Unfortunately, the Radical Left Democrats, Dominion, and others, were perhaps more successful!”
Sidney Powell, a well-known attorney now active on the Trump campaign’s legal team contesting the alleged outcome of the election in Democrat Joe Biden’s favor, has claimed in recent television and phone interviews that potentially “millions” of votes for Trump were switched to Biden by the combination of Dominion hardware with Smartmatic software. The system, Powell said, was devised to alter votes without detection and utilized to effect “wins” for Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez and his successor, Nicolas Maduro, according to reliable sources providing sworn affidavits.
Alteration of votes by touch-screen machines has been reported in previous U.S. elections and, Powell reported, the FBI and Justice Department have taken no action on those claims.
On Monday The New York Times issued a lengthy article on Krebs’s background, then-current responsibilities and his expectation that he would be fired in the wake of the White-House-requested resignation of one of his deputies on Thursday.
After the November 3 election, Krebs had tweeted refutations of recent internet chatter claiming, among other things, that a server located in Germany used to tabulate votes from Dominion Voting Systems hardware and Smartmatic software was “seized” by the U.S. military.
In that November 14 tweet, Krebs cited an article from the AP containing the “Assessment” that such reports were false.
In several appearances, including on NewsmaxTV, Rep. Louie Gohmert claimed that the report was credible and that he lent assistance to the effort.
Last Thursday, Krebs’s office, in combination with other government entities and official organizations, issued a statement that the November 3 elections were the “most secure in American history.”
CISA failed to respond to two emails from this publication last week in the wake of reports of thousands of incidents of voter fraud around the country.
According to media reports, Krebs was responsible for establishing a webpage called “Rumor Control” aimed at dispelling inaccuracies surrounding election integrity, including how local jurisdictions were processing ballots.
As of 7:44 p.m. EST, Krebs was still depicted as the unit’s director along with an address to voters assuring that every effort had been made for the 2020 election to prevent “foreign interference.”
As of 7:4y p.m. his Twitter account was still intact. Earlier on Tuesday, Krebs had tweeted, “ICYMI: On allegations that election systems were manipulated, 59 election security experts all agree, ‘in every case of which we are aware, these claims either have been unsubstantiated or are technically incoherent.’ #Protect2020 “
Krebs had also described claims promoted by The American Report, Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney (Ret), and others that an alleged government super-computer, “The Hammer,” and software known as “Scorecard” was used to alter votes in the November 3 elections as “nonsense.”
The claim has reportedly emanated from former CIA/NSA contractor Dennis Montgomery, who has also said The Hammer collected the personal data of many prominent Americans, including Donald Trump when he was a businessman, over 150 federal judges, radio host Alex Jones, and former Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio, among others.
Montgomery frequently connects The Hammer to a current event, which his supporters have promoted on radio shows, on Twitter and in print.